Southwest US RV Trip, Part Two

I’m actually writing this the same day as the last post, but as we have modified our original “basic” itinerary, I may not have internet access for the next few days and want to get this saved while I can. 🙂 I stupidly left my camera in the RV so I’ll post it as soon as I get internet access and can add the pics.

We stopped in Rhyolite, Nevada and WOW, it was really cool. I’ve only been to a handful of ghost towns, but this place actually fit my definition of what “ghost town” means. They built the buildings with stone, not like many other ghost towns, because although they were a mining town, they wanted Rhyolite to last. It seems it only lasted about 15 years or so. The school, the bank and the general store are the most notable structures still standing in the town. There is a “casino” as well, but it looks like it was actually the train station, later renovated to function as a casino. I got lots of great pictures here!

School, Rhyolite
School, Rhyolite
General Store, Rhyolite
General Store, Rhyolite
Train
Train
Train Window
Train Window

After spending some time in Ryholite, we had to double back to Beatty and catch 95 back down through Vegas. We passed the Nellis Test Site on the way, and the Amargosa Desert, but other than that it was just a very scenic drive.

Amargosa Desert
Amargosa Desert

It was a little nerve-wracking navigating through Vegas in a huge RV, but we made it through without incident, thankfully. We quickly made our way down to Laughlin. Once we got to Laughlin, we drove around the many parking lots at Harrah’s trying to find where to park and eventually ended up in the main parking lot. When we checked in, the girl told us we should park in the “bus lot” on the west side of the casino. Okay…so we moved. It appeared to be a very popular, albeit small, parking lot and we were lucky to get one of the allotted “long” spaces for oversized vehicles.

Jake and B made chicken alfredo for dinner in the RV. We toyed with the idea of going to one of the local places, but ultimately decided eating in was preferable. We’re getting into the groove of RVing!

We finished dinner and had packed for the hotel room when there was an authoritative knock on the door. Apparently we were NOT parked in the right place and needed to move. The security guard was very nice though, and told us where we should park. (It would be nice if they would have signed this, and we would have done it right the first time!)

We drove out the resort, across the street, and parked in the RV lot. The security guard alerted the valet and had a van meet us to take us to our tower, which was also nice.

First order of business was to freeze our butts off and enjoy the outdoor heated pool. We got our suits on and went down to the pool. Jake went to look for towels and B and I got cold so we decided to skip the heated pool and go for the spa pool instead. Unfortunately there were no towels for Jake to actually find, so when he came back and we were already in…we were kind of screwed for and would definitely be cold when we got out. The low in Laughlin for the night was 41F. That’s okay though…we swam, and enjoyed the water and the heat, and some very nice people that were there already (with towels) shared towels and left us a few to dry off with.

We have decided to take advantage of the warm front and go towards the Grand Canyon next before heading south again. If we don’t, then we might not get to go there. There are some cool things to see along the way, too.

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